Monday, August 29, 2016

It's Almost Time to Pack up and Go Home.......

Well, it is almost time to pack our bags as our Big 4 Retreat comes to an end in 2 days.....How did you do?  Are you nice and relaxed and did you finish everything you wanted to?

I DID!  I finished my Spire yesterday!  Yahoo, Yippee, Yeah!

It is not blocked yet.  I was going to mail it to my friend, Beverly, to block (Thank you Beverly!)....but Darlene offered to block it on her big quilting wall (I wonder if it is a trick)!  I cannot wait to see it blocked and how much it grows!  Thank you Darlene....I think!

I want to thank everyone that either joined me on this retreat or followed along!  I think this Retreat could be an every year thing.....Maybe not 4 items every year, but I loved getting some old stuff done and I hope you did too!  Darlene and I have talked about maybe picking one old item each quarter to work on.....I have some other things I want to do in September, but I may be picking up something old for October-December! 

What else did I do?  I finished my DVD sock for August....These socks are a little shorter than I usually make, but I love the colors!

My September Socks will be Here comes the Zombride so I can double dip with #castonthedead.

I also worked on my Scamper Socks.  I am really loving these....this Biscotte BisSock yarn is soooooo soft, if you like soft yarn, you have got to try this yarn!

Ans speaking of Biscotte.....I got a skein of rainbow self striping from Louise.....Thank you Louise!  You are the greatest!

Well....that is all the knitting I have.....but I have a funny story for you.  I am not sure I have mentioned it here or not...but I have a friend whose house caught on fire in late June....she has been living with me along with her 2 dogs since then (because her house has no power...but thankfully not too much damage)....Here is a picture of one of her dogs....her name is Georgie and she is a Chocolate Lab Mix

I also had Antonio this past weekend so on Saturday we took a nap.....Carol was gone to SNB and I woke up to some noises in the living room (things falling, glass falling) and Georgie first I just thought Carol was home and making something to eat and Georgie wanted some of the food....but Georgie kept whining so I got up.

There were some things knocked off my mantel and Georgie and Precious were pacing by the mantel trying to get something (Mostly Georgie)...but nothing was up there.......

I thought maybe some critter was hiding behind the picture so when I looked behind the picture (from the right of the mantel) I could barely see some parts of a squirrel's tail behind that crocheted hippo on the left.

I was freaking out!  A Squirrel in my house that I am pretty sure Georgie chased into the house via the doggie door.  Jaime was at the lease (at least 2 hours away) so what does a 44 year old grown woman do?  She calls her Daddy!  He said to open all the windows and doors to the outside and push it with a broom towards a door or window......well, I opened the window to the left of the mantel and the front door (directly in front of that window but down a hallway).....I finally got it to jump off the mantel and it hauled ass out the front door.....but it was funny (in hind sight of course...not at the time).

Some things have changed for Paige so I will pretty much be having Antonio on Fridays and Saturdays from now on....but this coming holiday weekend I will have him all weekend (Friday to Monday) so I am not sure how much knitting I will get done....but we will see!

I have also been trying to crochet a Spiderman Mask for Antonio (which I have started over 3 times because it is always too small).....and then I crocheted some flowers for Darlene....she made 5 hedgehogs for family members....look how cute these are!

Have a great week everyone!

Happy Happy Happy Knitting!!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Back From Vacation!

Hi was your week?  Mine was fabulous (except a little sad news later).  We went on a mini-Vacation this past weekend and I loved every second of it!  Ger ready for some picture overload!

We left on Thursday and went to Rockport, friend of Jaime's has an RV park and rents out a couple of the RV's.

First there was some on the road knitting!

Then we got to our RV....this was home for 4 days and 3 nights.....

Then time to take some pictures of the scenery

We walked out to the end of the pier for some terrible selfies

And some more scenery/sunset:

Then I knitted some on my Rennandi....

Then some more sky pictures:

 and the sunset...

The next morning I finished the main body, but still needed to pick up stitches and knit the sides:

I worked a little more on my socks......

We had some friends over and did a little too much drinking, but I got another sunset picture...

Jacob (Jaime's oldest son) caught a fish...he caught several fish, but this was probably the biggest....we could have kept it, but he let it go.

I finished the Rennandi a little bit before we left:

and then worked on the socks again on the drive back (I may have napped a little too...remember the 'little too much to drink" part above)....

On the way home we kept seeing the bails of cotton in trucks and I was jut fascinated by is the only square one I saw (all others were round)...and it had orange wrap, as if it were calling my name!

When I got home, I got a better picture of my socks and rennandi.....and I forgot to mention that I also did 4 repeats on a front panel of the black sweater....I am trying to keep up with those 4 repeats per weekend!

Well, that is all I have knitting wise.....but it was back to school time for some of the kiddos here in SA.  My niece and nephew went to high school (Grace and Sean)....and Antonio started his first day of school....first day of Pre-K....

Last week I showed you a picture of Precious in her new dog bed and mentioned how now she and Star have their own pet beds....well, my Star passed away yesterday.  It was nice and peaceful and she was old (16)....and she will be missed.

On a happier/funny note, one of Carol's dogs (her name is Georgie) is a chocolate lab mix and she thinks she can fit in Precious' small bed.....she did not stay in it long, but she did fit!

Have a fabulous week everyone!  Happy Happy Happy knitting!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Three Item kind of an FO!

Hello everyone!  How was your week?  Mine was fabulous!  It was a "Three Item" kind of week.....I knitted on 3 items....and started and finished a crocheted item.

First, Stash enhancements......I got that sock blank with lips on it.  I love it!  I cannot wait to knit on this!  I am going to make Stephen West's Briochevron Cowl with this....I have paired it up with a skein of Biscotte Cie Sock yarn that will go perfectly with it (the Biscotte Cie is super soft!)!

I also got my yarn from Miss Babs....I am going to use this for my Celestarium.  I should have been good an just used a skein of black or grey Wollmeise Lace I have in my stash....but I wanted to knit with this Katahdin (selfish, I know!).

I added this skein of Yummy 2 Ply sock yarn in the Naked colorway to get free shipping, and because everyone needs a 'Naked' in their life.....I may dye it or use it as is...not sure!

Now for my FO......I took off this past Friday to watch I had him Thursday night, Friday and Saturday...on Saturday he saw me knitting (he has seen me knit many times) and said, "Ga-Ma, will you make me a mask?"  I did not really understand what he meant till he pointed to my knitting and said "A Captain America Mask!"  So off to Ravelry I went and I found a cute crocheted pattern.  So, while he worked on making himself a spaceship (with a spray bottle, paper towel roll, colored electrical tape, and markers)....I made him this hat.  He really loved it!

Now for WIPS.....well, I had the never ending spire......I have exactly 1/2 of the edging done...this edging is taking FOREVER!

Last week I worked 4 repeats on one of the front panels of the black sweater....this week I worked 4 repeats on the other front panel of the black sweater....I think maybe 4 repeats a week and I might actually get this thing moving along!

Then there is Rennandi....I am on my LAST stripe of the Volcanic Ash/Grey color.  I am very excited to finish this....maybe I will be able to finish it this week (fingers crossed):

Well, that is all I have for knitting.  I hope to get lots of knitting done this coming week.  Jaime and I leave to Rockport on Thursday and come back Sunday......I have tons of lazy knitting plans for all 4 days :)

As I mentioned earlier....I had Antonio for most of the weekend....we had lots of fun and even had Celeste and Cataleya come over for a here are some of my favorite pics...

Breakfast...a biscuit and a peach!

I got a new "Life of Pets" Dachshund over at my Baba's house (which is my mom...Baba is short for Babushka...which is Russian for Grandma).

Making my spaceship (Yes, I am watching Knotty Knit Wits in the background).

Trying on the hat as it is being made:

 Beautiful Celeste and crazy Peace Sign Antonio (and precious of course):

Cataleya and Antonio making more peace signs....and again, Precious is there.

Cataleya with Precious....she loves the dogs!

Oh, and Precious got a new dog bed from my sister....her did did not fit in I have a small bed for Star and a small bed for Precious!